Days
8
Price from
$2,230AUD

Step back in time amongst the bewitching cities, towns and tobacco fields of Cuba

Cuba is one of the hottest travel destinations around and it is easy to see why. The country has a unique and colourful history that still dominates most aspects of Cuban life. Cuba is a Latin nation but it has a feel all of its own and on this short adventure, we experience many of these interesting facets. There's Havana, in all its faded glory, waiting to be explored. Few cities in the world can conjure up such emotions. Further on is the Vinales region, well known for its tobacco growing and cigar factories. On the south of the island is colonial Trinidad, where we can wander the cobblestone streets and listen to Cuban rhythms in the Casa de La Trova.  Throughout our Cuban holiday we are able to trace the history of the Cuban Revolution and, in Santa Clara, its famed icon, Ernesto Che Guevara.


Start
Havana, Cuba
Finish
Havana, Cuba
Country
Cuba
Style
Peregrine
Code
PSTC
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(64 reviews)
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • On the south of the island you'll discover colonial Trinidad, where you can wander the cobblestone streets and listen to Cuban rhythms in the Casa de La Trova

  • Discover the history of the Cuban Revolution. In Santa Clara you will visit the memorials dedicated to revolutionary hero, Ernesto Che Guevara

  • A guided walking tour of Havana helps you to understand the difference between country and city life in Cuba

  • Take in the colours and smells of the plants in Soroa, the valley known as the 'Rainbow of Cuba'.

  • Stroll along the rural dirt roads of lovely Vinales as tractors, vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages pass by

  • This trip offers the chance to get to know the hard-working tobacco farmers behind Cuba's famous cigars

  • Marvel at the unique architecture of Palacio del valle in Cienfuegos on a guided tour

Is this trip right for you?

  • Cash is difficult to access in Cuba. Credit cards (not debit cards) are essential – ideally multiple credit cards from several different banks.

  • Luxuries such as air conditioning, and even kitchen sinks, are often scarce. Part of the experience here is learning to appreciate everyday Cuban resourcefulness.

  • There's plenty of time to eat the delights of the sea, but it's good to keep in mind that accompaniments are not as expansive as in another countries, due to limitations on imports

  • Internet access can be hard to come by, and when it's available it's often unreliable and expensive. This is, on the other hand, a great opportunity to take a break from modern devices and have a true holiday.

  • Hotels in Cuba are government-run, which means renovations are few and far between. Bear in mind that premium guesthouses rival, If not surpass, most Cuban hotels when it comes to decor and facilities.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 09 May 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2014 - 08 May 2016

Welcome to Havana. Meet your Peregrine representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. An important pre-tour briefing will take place at your hotel in the evening. See your hotel reception for more information about this.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Nacional or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Havana - Buena Vista Social Club - USD30
  • Havana - Cigar factory tour - USD12
  • Monument - USD6
  • Havana - La Cabana Fortress canon blast ceremony - USD10
  • Havana - Baseball game (Oct - Apr) - USD3
  • Havana - Tourist bus day pass - USD5
  • Havana - Tourist bus to the beach (return) - USD5
  • Havana - Ernest Hemingway tour - USD30
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning your leader will take you on a walking tour of the lovely Old Havana. You'll go to the cathedral, Plaza de Armas, San Francisco de Asis, Plaza Vieja and Central Park. Your entry fee to the Camera Obscura lookout at Plaza Vieja is included. Afterwards you will drive west to Soroa, where you'll enjoy some lunch and tour the beautiful orchid garden. Continue on to Vinales, where tobacco and sugarcane fields lie side by side and limestone outcrops dot the landscape.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Soroa - Hike to waterfall - USD3
  • Vinales - Bicycle hire (per hour) - USD2
  • Vinales - Salsa lesson (per hour) - USD8
  • Vinales - Live music venues - USD1
Included Activities
  • Soroa - Orchid Garden tour
  • Vinales - Valley walking tour
  • Havana - Walking tour of Old Havana
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy some free time today in Vinales, which you'll soon see is home to some extraordinary scenery – some of Cuba's best. Soak up the slow, old-world pace of rural Cuba as oxen plod gracefully along the streets. There are many optional activities on offer here. These include a beach excursion to Cayo Jutias, a visit to the Santo Tomas cave complex (one of the biggest in all of the Americas), and the Cueva del Indio cave walk and boat trip. Or you can simply hire a bicycle and do some exploring of your own.

Notes: Cave visits will require sturdy footwear, as they can involve walking across slippery rocks.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse, Cuba (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Vinales - Santo Tomas cave visit & return taxi - USD35
  • Cueva del Indio cave walk and boat trip - USD5
  • Vinales - Beach excursion to Cayo Jutias - USD30
Included Activities
  • Informal Salsa lesson
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Prepare for a long travel day as you board the comfortable bus to Trinidad (approximately 8 hours). Your departure will be at around 7 or 8 am. There will, of course, be a couple of snack and toilet breaks along the way. Arrive in Trinidad in the late afternoon and take in its eye-catching combination of cobblestone streets, colourful houses and old-fashioned locals. It's a great town to explore on foot, and almost every scene offers superb photographic opportunities – from residents relaxing with huge cigars on their doorsteps to old Chevrolets cruising by.
Accommodation
  • Premium Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Trinidad - Snorkelling trip - USD15
  • Trinidad - Cayo Blanco island catamaran cruise - USD45
  • Trinidad - Ancon beach (transport) - USD4
  • Trinidad - Trek to waterfall (taxi and entrance fee) - USD27
  • Trinidad - Bicycle rental (full day) - USD5
  • Trinidad - Live music venues - USD5
  • Trinidad - Salsa Dance Lesson - USD5
  • Trinidad - Musical instrument lesson (guitar, double bass, tres, percussion - per hour) - USD10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today is a free day in Trinidad. For some beachside fun and perhaps a little snorkelling, head down to Playa Ancon. Just be careful you don't stand on a sea urchin. At some point while you're here, a great activity is to go to a folklore show at one of the town's numerous open-air venues. Cuba has a rich and varied music and dance tradition that draws roots from Spain, Africa and France, and this is your chance to experience it all first-hand, from the Mambo to the rumba.
Accommodation
  • Premium Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Trinidad - Santeria Priest Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
A short drive will take you to Cienfuegos today. This is one of Cuba's prettiest coastal spots. While you're here you will visit the Palacio del Valle, Cienfuegos' architectural pride and joy. Its grandiose carvings in Venetian alabaster strike an impressive pose in this beautiful seaside city.

Notes: In the event that the hotel is overbooked, you will stay at a comfortable guesthouse instead. As there is a small price difference between guesthouse and a hotel, there will be an extra dinner included in this case.
Accommodation
  • Premium Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cienfuegos - Visit to the Palacio del Valle
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
On your way back to Havana you will stop in at Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara mausoleum. Here you'll see the statue of the iconic revolutionary leader looming. In the museum that accompanies the mausoleum, you'll find an intriguing spread of photos and other ephemera related to Che – letters, medical devices, firearms. Afterwards, continue to Havana, where you will prepare for a final night of celebration. Salsa dancing and dinner is included tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Nacional or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Aircon bus

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nights), Premium Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Soroa - Orchid Garden tour
  • Vinales - Valley walking tour
  • Havana - Walking tour of Old Havana
  • Informal Salsa lesson
  • Trinidad - Santeria Priest Visit
  • Cienfuegos - Visit to the Palacio del Valle
  • Santa Clara - Visit to Che Guevara Mausoleum and Museum

Reviews

Our A Touch of Cuba trips score an average of 4.64 out of 5 based on 64 reviews in the last year.

A Touch of Cuba, January 2016

AMANDA WILLIAMS

A Touch of Cuba, January 2016

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